A rock legend Marianne Lane is recuperating on the volcanic island of Pantelleria with her partner Paul when iconoclast record producer and old flame Harry unexpectedly arrives with his daughter Penelope and interrupts their holiday, bringing with him an A-bomb blast of nostalgia from which there can be no rescue.
This is the tenth collaboration between director Luca Guadagnino and editor Walter Fasano. The others are Qui (1997), The Protagonists (1999), L'uomo risacca (2000), Mundo civilizado (2003), Melissa P. (2005), I Am Love (2009), Chronology (2010), Destinée (2012) and Bertolucci on Bertolucci (2013)
Matthias Schoenaerts started shooting Disorder (2015) in France only three weeks after he finished shooting 'A Bigger Splash' in Italy
Luca Guadagnino's first English-language film since The Protagonists (1999)
First Luca Guadagnino film to compete for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. His previous films were screened out of competition or in other sections
Fourth collaboration between director Luca Guadagnino and cinematographer Yorick Le Saux. The others are I Am Love (2009), Destinée (2012) and One Plus One (2012)
It was shot in nine weeks, six days a week
Cinematographer Yorick Le Saux was also the DP of Swimming Pool (2003), which is also a re-interpretation of La Piscine (1969)
The title 'A Bigger Splash' takes inspiration from the colorful David Hockney's 1967 painting
Luca Guadagnino' cannot swim. This is the second film directed by him in which a central scene revolves around a swimming pool. The previous was I Am Love (2009)
Ralph Fiennes and Matthias Schoenaerts have both played Nazi officers. Fiennes in Schindler's List (1993) and Schoenaerts in Suite Française (2014)
Fourth collaboration between Tilda Swinton and director Luca Guadagnino. The previous were The Protagonists (1999), Tilda Swinton: The Love Factory (2002) and I Am Love (2009). Together they also created the concept of the short film Here (2012)
During filming, the cast lived in individual houses built into the rocks on the island of Pantelleria, Italy
Matthias Schoenaerts plays a documentary filmmaker in this film. In real life, he directed the documentary Franky
Fourth collaboration between Tilda Swinton and cinematographer Yorick Le Saux. The previous were Julia (2008), I Am Love (2009) (also directed by Luca Guadagnino) and Only Lovers Left Alive
Ralph Fiennes's dancing scene was shot in one day. The actor had the song on his iPod and would dance to it in his free time
At one point, the underwater camera needed for the climactic scene didn't work, and they had to wait a week for a replacement. Matthias Schoenaerts felt uncomfortable and trapped, Tilda Swinton was calm and later described it as "like an extended family holiday". Ralph Fiennes, who loved their individual houses built into the rocks, didn't want to leave
At the 2015 London Film Festival, director Luca Guadagnino confided that his favorite scene was one that didn't even make it into the film. "We shot it in London, at the Tate Gallery, and it happened in front of the great painting by David Hockney. It's a beautiful scene, but we ended up not having room for it
Luca Guadagnino told that he had one of the best on-set experiences of his career with the cast of 'A Bigger Splash', he also told that he wants to reunite with them in Suspiria
Tilda Swinton appeared on the cover of the Autumn/Winter 2015 issue of AnOther Magazine as her character Marianne Lane. In a work of fiction co-authored by Tilda Swinton, Glenn O'Brien, Luca Guadagnino and David Kajganich, Marianne Lane gives an interview for the magazine based around events in the film
This film marks the first time that Matthias Schoenaerts plays a Belgian character in a non-Belgian and non-French film
The tattoos on Penelope's body are Dakota Johnson's real life tattoos. The director and the actress decided to not hide them because Penelope, like Dakota, is not afraid of regretting something that is permanent
A Sony leaked e-mail revealed that Cate Blanchett was the original choice for the role of Marianne. The part eventually went to Tilda Swinton
Tilda Swinton revealed that Marianne Lane is a mix of David Bowie, Chrissie Hynde and P.J. Harvey
This is the second of three movies in which Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes appeared together. The others are The Grand Budapest Hotel and Hail, Caesar!
The Vuarnet 006 sunglasses that Matthias Schoenaerts wears in the film, is a reissue of the one that was worn by Alain Delon in La Piscine
Tilda Swinton's wardrobe was designed for her by Dior's Raf Simons
Margot Robbie was originally cast as Penelope but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts and Dakota Johnson replaced her
Initially, Tilda Swinton didn't want to do this movie, due to the recent death of her mother, she ended up changing her mind and proposed the idea of this woman unable to speak into the established story of ancient histories and new lives thrown into relief by one another
Ralph Fiennes told that he accepted the role of Harry Hawkes when he received the screenplay and it was written that in a few minutes down the film, his character would express himself through dancing, he had never been asked to do that before so he said "yes, thank you."
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